George Miller Fundraiser – Sept 28

Representative George Miller is holding a fundraiser in Lafayette on Saturday, September 28. Please see the attached flyer for details on the event and how to reserve your seat.

September 28 Reception Flyer  pdficon_small

Support George’s political efforts to restore our values in Congress

Talk directly with George about critical issues pending before Congress such as the conflict in Syria, the potential government shutdown over budget and debt ceiling deadlines, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act that launches on October 1st. George has always fought for us and is working hard to help Democrats win back the House. He can’t succeed without our help.

Please be as generous as you can at this time before the close the 3rd quarter fundraising deadline. Consider a donation of $2,500, $1,000, $500, or $250. And supporters under age 40 are invited to join at a reduced price. If you have given to George already please consider an additional contribution at this time. If you have never given to one of the greatest members of Congress, this is your opportunity to talk with him in person and support his work on behalf of our kids, the environment, the economy, and our country.

For more information contact Dave Johnson at or Melody Howe Weintraub at or call 925-‐299-1612.

Governor Brown Appoints Supervisor John Gioia to CARB

By Carla Hansen

On August 29th, residents of El Cerrito and greater West County plus a number of elected and candidates celebrated Supervisor John Gioia’s appointment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at outside El Cerrito’s City Hall. 

With a few jokes and warm words, Senators Loni Hancock and Mark DeSaulnier introduced the newly appointed Supervisor Gioia who thanked attendees and sponsors-American Lung Association, Sierra Club, TransForm, League of Conservation Voters, and the City of El Cerrito. CARB’s mission is promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy of the State. Because of CARB, cars and diesel trucks run 98% cleaner than they did 50 years ago (thank you smog checks and emission standards). CARB’s policies are used as model of success for other agencies throughout the country. It’s great to have a representative on the board who is passionate and dedicated to ensuring our environment is safe, clean and sustainable now and into the future. Plus he’s an El Cerrito High School graduate.

We All Can Help

By Al Miller
The following article is from an email to all DEM2014 members from ECDC Immediate Past President Hilary Crosby in her roll as Controller of the California Democratic Party.

“When the vote counts were finalized after the 2012 elections, California Democrats had gained four new seats in the state’s delegation to Congress—but we won those seats before November. “Every seat we won last year we won every month. We won them with phone calls, voter registration drives, visibility events, door knocks, and more throughout the year. 

“As a member of DEM2014, you’re already helping us continue to rack up wins, helping national Democrats get even closer to winning back the House so Nancy Pelosi can pick up the speaker’s gavel once more. 

“But you can multiply your impact with each friend or family member you ask to join you as a member of DEM2014. 

“Multiply your impact today. Invite three friends to join you as members of DEM2014. Send your friends to now.

“Even though 2014 isn’t yet here, we’ve already started winning seats for next year. This month, your contribution helped us make a difference in Congressional Districts 10 and 21, both in the Central Valley. 

“On the 78th anniversary of Social Security, the California Democratic Party helped seniors confront the Republican representative in District 10 on his record of attacking this important middle-class program—and our country’s most successful antipoverty program ever. 

“With news coverage in local outlets, we were able to shine a bright light on the incumbent’s support for privatizing Social Security. 

“We also held a similar event in District 21, with seniors confronting the freshman Republican representative and calling on him “to start supporting Social Security and stop standing with those who attack seniors’ retirement.” The local press covered the event, so now it’s going to be even harder for the incumbent to hide his record from voters.

“These were two successful recent events, but if we don’t keep up the drumbeat and maintain the pressure month after month, we won’t win these seats.

“As one of the most important supporters of California Democrats in the state, we need your help. Send three friends or family members to today and ask them to sign up.

“Thank you for being a California Democrat, Hilary Crosby, Controller, California Democratic Party”

So, instead of asking only “three friends or family members” to sign up for DEM2014, I am asking all of you reading this issue of the ECDC News who haven’t already done so, to join in the DEM2014 program. DEM2014 accepts monthly donations from as low as $5.00 to whatever amount you are comfortable with. Do the math—100,000 Californians donating $5 per month are as important as 10,000 donating $50 per month. Being a member is more important than the amount you choose to give.

Please sign up today!